Tyson Fury’s proposed British heavyweight superfight with David Haye has moved a step closer.
The Morecambe man had looked set for an IBF eliminator with Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev but that clash is now off after Fury’s promoters Hennessy Sports withdrew from purse bids for the fight on Saturday.
The fight between the two unbeaten heavyweights was to double up as both a scrap for the EBU heavyweight title and a final decider to see who would be the mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko, who faces Alexander Povetkin later this year.
But Fury’s withdrawal would appear to leave the door open for a clash between two of the most outspoken fighters in boxing this autumn.
Former WBA heavyweight champion Haye had been due to return to the ring on June 29 against former world title challenger Manuel Charr but had to pull out with a hand injury.
The Hayemaker’s manager Adam Booth has long shown interest in the domestic dust-up with Fury’s camp appearing to be warming to the clash having previously said they would favour the mandatory route to a world title.
Haye recently signed a promotional agreement with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport meaning the big-money clash could air on Sky Box Office with Manchester and London possible locations.